The latest mobile app for doctors is Figure 1, which has been touted as ‘instragram for doctors.’ Figure 1 is a crowdsourced medical library that allows individuals to post clinical images from their mobile devices. The concept makes sense. Images in medicine represent a great way to teach and tell a story. But I’m bearish on Figure 1. Here’s why: Low ... Continue Reading about Figure 1 – A Safe App for Medical Images?
First he won at Jeopardy. Now IBM Watson is helping to treat cancer. IBM, WellPoint, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center today unveiled the first commercially developed Watson-based cognitive computing breakthroughs. This is transformative stuff. IBM Watson is using evidence-based treatment models to individualize care and improve the speed and quality of ... Continue Reading about Why IBM Watson is Important
There’s this tension that I pick up on when I talk with patients. It’s the fantasy of the new and the old. It’s the fantasy of the physician encounter where a doctor will look at us and never to a screen. We insist on all of the affordances of the digital age with the human connection of a time gone by. We want an intensely human connection but we want ... Continue Reading about Doctors, Patients, Old and New
The more popular Twitter becomes, the more we hear about the mandate to participate. Those of us who've made the step feel like we've discovered something that everyone should do. We want our friends and coworkers to jump in with us. In the corporate communications world there's a shortsighted trend to 'make CEO's use Twitter.' The same pressure can be seen among ... Continue Reading about Is There a Physician Mandate to Connect?
I remember as a college student I had access to only a few newspapers. There was a Boston Children's Hospital pediatrician named Perri Klass whose essays I used to read in the New York Times. She had an amazing voice. My inspiration to be a pediatrician was drawn from her. I wanted to have her experiences and I wanted to react and think like her. I wanted to ... Continue Reading about When Few Doctors Ruled the Media Landscape
Here are 3 links that I stumbled on this week that I think are worth a peek. I've not been one to curate links, but I see so much great stuff. I thought that I should share some of what I find. Tell me what you think. Telemedicine predicted in 1925 This post from Paleofuture, the retro futuristic Smithsonian blog, shows how one 1925 radio enthusiast predicted the ... Continue Reading about 3 Great Links for the Week of March 26, 2012